Tingley Brass Band cornet player wins top prize

Michael with his prize.
Michael with his prize.

By correctly predicting Black Dyke to win the National Championship Contest at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this month, Tingley Band cornet player Michael Chapman was presented with his Geneva Symphony cornet at the bands rehearsal last week.

Michael, who only started playing in January at the age of 40, said: “I’ve always enjoyed listening to brass band music. However due to a busy career as a nurse I’ve not had the time for other interests. Now having a young family, I felt it would be good to show them about learning new skills and hopefully inspire them a bit.”

Michael was invited to go along to Tingley by his cornet teacher and was immediately welcomed into the fold.

He said: “I was quite nervous at first but the other members and conductor have been great. I’ve played in a local contest with the band and in several enjoyable concerts so far this year and have definitely been bitten by the brass band bug.”

Further details about Tingley Band can be found at www.tingleybrassband.org.